Windows Phone has never had a proper champion. Not one that was on par with the big boys at Android. Much like Apple, it always banked on its “OS optimisations” to keep things running smooth despite the less than stellar specifications. This time, though, it seems Microsoft have come out swinging, pulling out all the stops for their latest device, the Lumia 950 XL.
Is it any good though?
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In a recent report by the IDC, it showed that in the recent quarter, about 400 million smartphones were sold and if you compare that to Microsoft’s earnings report, only 4.5 million of them were Lumia devices. That’s 1.1% of the market share. To contrast, Samsung moved around 85 million devices in that same quarter.
I hate flip cases. They’re horribly old fashioned and often come in colours that resemble different shades of puke. Plus, except for HTC’s Dot View Case, most flip cases never did anything particularly cool. Sure you might have some practical functions, but none that doesn’t scream “ZOMG WHAT A DWEEB”.
Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh here but the point is, I would never, ever, ever, use a flip cover case…unless they did this.
Earlier we reported on the fact that the Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard from Microsoft was coming to iOS very soon. Word had it that Microsoft was sending out invites to selected people to try out their new Word Flow keyboard for iOS, targeting users of the iPhone 5S or higher.
Well, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to the Verge that the new Word Flow keyboard will feature a unique one-handed typing experience that will surely appeal to fans of both iOS and Word Flow.
We feel really sorry for users on the Windows platform. First you guys have to put up with apps – even mainstream ones – that aren’t updated since God knows when then you have that small ecosystem of the Windows Store. Now on top of all that, it seems like that Windows 10 Mobile release for older phones isn’t coming this month.
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Rendered image of the Lumia 650
Microsoft‘s latest Windows 10 smartphones haven’t had the best of receptions. Despite top-of-the-line hardware, it seems the Windows 10 OS just isn’t a match for the other established mobile operating systems. But, Microsoft is not done releasing new Lumias as we now have what looks like an official date for the Lumia 650: February 1.
However, there is also word that this could be the last Lumia smartphone of this year. So, Surface Phone anyone?
Apart from the Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship models, Microsoft has also introduced its affordable Lumia 550 smartphone for the Malaysian market. During its official launch, the Lumia 550 was only offered on contract to Digi business customers. If you’re looking to get a Windows 10 smartphone on a budget, you can now do so without strings attached.
Whenever designing is concerned, you’ll always have people who simply don’t understand your “art”. Thus lies the subjectivity of it all but when you have a majority of people who feel that your attempt is a half-hearted one, prepare for the worse – especially when a fan releases a concept and it makes your (in this case Microsoft/Windows) UI look silly.
Fitbit earned the number one wearable title last year with nearly 4.4 million wrist companions sold. And while their devices have never been sleek, fancy or elegant, they’re hoping that the latest Blaze might help more people jump into the whole fitness watch scene.
But this is not really a smartwatch, by definition. It doesn’t have third-party apps like other smartwatches (Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2) out there. This niche segment that Fitbit hopes to approach could be for those who want to be fitness focused, yet not jump into a whole new world of complications associated with “smartwatches”.
It’ll be interesting to see how the masses react to a more fashion-focused fitness tracker/watch, considering how Swiss (TAG Heuer and Breitling) makers have also decided to join in. Maybe the days of the analogue are over.
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Microsoft‘s Windows 10 Mobile flagships have not had the…warmest of receptions. Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL were plagued with bugs and poor (particularly plasticky) build quality which irked even the most steadfast of Windows Phone fans.
Perhaps Microsoft simply doesn’t know how to make good flagship mobile devices, but that’s a tough claim to make considering not many are having a go at it.
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